JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Two separate authorities announced today that about 3,000 people were detained in the first days of the week-old state of emergency. The government has not disclosed the number held.
Oliver Tambo, head of the outlawed African National Congress, which is fighting to end white domination in South Africa, said in Geneva that "sources in Johannesburg" indicated at least 3,000 people were detained in the first three days of the state of emergency.
In New York, the Rev. Joan Campbell, executive director of the United States office of the World Council of Churches, said her group estimates that 2,000 people were detained in the first 48 hours after the state of emergency was declared and at least 1,000 more in the next day and a half.
The state Bureau for Information said today three more blacks have been killed, all by fellow blacks. The deaths brought to 48 the official toll since the state of emergency began June 12.